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Makarova & Lisicki's Day At Wimbledon

Ekaterina Makarova and Sabine Lisicki kept the surprises coming, Eugenie Bouchard kept on winning and three Czechs made history as Week 2 got underway.

Published June 30, 2014 12:15

Makarova & Lisicki's Day At Wimbledon
Ekaterina Makarova

LONDON, England - Ekaterina Makarova and Sabine Lisicki kept the surprises coming at Wimbledon on Monday, taking out two of the pre-tournament favorites in fourth and third round play, respectively.

The No.19-seeded Lisicki completed her rain-suspended match against No.11 seed Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, after the two were stopped at 6-4, 1-1 on Saturday due to a combination of rain and darkness.

Though the result was an upset on paper, it wasn't a massive surprise given Lisicki's history at Wimbledon - she's reached the quarterfinals or better here in her last four appearances, including a year ago, where she made the first Grand Slam final of her career here, falling to Marion Bartoli.

Lisicki was also absolutely lethal in this match. She had one more unforced error than Ivanovic, 21 to 20, but had a whopping 16 more winners, 40 to 26. She blew through the third set in 27 minutes.

"The crowd knows my story here," Lisicki said. "I came here as a young girl, and I came back from injury, and it's a big story with me and Wimbledon. I love the support that I'm getting here.

"It's so much more enjoyable."

Lisicki and Ivanovic's match was one of two third round matches that were held over until Monday. The other one, which was left with Yaroslava Shvedova leading Madison Keys on Saturday, 7-6(7), 6-6, never took the court again, as Keys was forced to retire from the match due to a left thigh injury.

The first wave of fourth round matches also took the courts of the All-England Club, and it was over on Court 3 where the biggest rumblings were made, as the No.22-seeded Makarova pulled off the first big upset of Week 2, running away with it against the No.4 seed, Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 6-0.

"Agnieszka, she's really good on grass, and she's had great results here," Makarova said. "I just beat her once in the US Open last year, so in this match I was just trying to remember my emotions and my game from there, and how I was playing. And it really worked today. I was so solid and so calm during all the match and all the points. I just waited until I was comfortable and then I was aggressive."

Makarova has been to Grand Slam quarterfinals before - three of them, two at the Australian Open and one at the US Open - but there's something different about this one. "I've already been in the quarters three times, so maybe I'm kind of used to it, and I have a different feeling now," she declared.

"Before maybe it was a feeling like it's kind of over, but now I really want to go forward."

Elsewhere, No.13 seed Eugenie Bouchard edged No.25 seed Alizé Cornet in a tight one on Centre Court, 7-6(5), 7-5, No.6 seed Petra Kvitova cruised past Peng Shuai, 6-3, 6-2, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova upset No.16 seed Caroline Wozniacki to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, 6-2, 7-5, and No.23 seed Lucie Safarova ended the run of qualifier and fellow Czech Tereza Smitkova, 6-0, 6-2.

With Kvitova, Safarova and Zahlavova Strycova all winning, it's the first time in the Open Era that three Czech women have reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam together - of any Grand Slam.

The other fourth rounds - No.3 seed Simona Halep against Zarina Diyas, No.5 seed Maria Sharapova against No.9 seed Angelique Kerber and Lisicki against Shvedova - will all take place on Tuesday, as well as the first two quarterfinals - Kvitova against Zahlavova Strycova, Makarova against Safarova.

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